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More Talking in Math Class, Please

Edutopia – Jeannie Curtis

“Walk into a classroom in the middle of a math talk and you’ll see the students gathered in a circle, taking turns showing each other math strategies and questioning each other about the accuracy and efficiency of their solutions. The students are sharing thoughts about a single high-quality math problem they worked on solving earlier in the period without teacher guidance. They are processing the math in a different way than when they worked with paper and pencils, manipulatives, and drawings.”(more)

Should K-12 schools teach financial literacy? The answer is yes-here’s how

E-School News – Beth Tallman

“Financial literacy, and the role of K-12 schools in promoting it, is getting lots of attention these days. To date, some states have developed standards for teaching financial literacy, but where do schools turn for resources to implement those standards and who do they turn to for advice on what aspects of money management they should teach and when? As a country, our financial literacy skills are dismal. Nearly two-thirds of Americans can’t pass a basic financial literacy test, and data from the Federal Reserve show that consumer debt hit an all-time high in early August.”(more)

Bilingual preschoolers show stronger inhibitory control

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“For students in preschool, speaking two languages may be better than one, especially for developing inhibitory control—the ability to stop a hasty reflexive response and instead select a more adaptive response. That idea isn’t new, but a University of Oregon study took a longitudinal approach to examine the bilingual advantage hypothesis, which suggests that the demands associated with managing two languages confer cognitive advantages that extend beyond the language domain.”(more)

One Gut Check and Four Steps Students Can Apply to Fact-Check Information

KQED News Mind/Shift – Anya Kamenetz

“This new approach seeks to get students thinking like, and doing the work of, fact-checkers. “We have approached media literacy and news literacy in the past sort of like rhetoricians,” says Mike Caulfield, director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University in Vancouver. (Can that be right? A public university based in the United States with a campus in Canada? No, it’s Vancouver, Wash.). In other words, he explains, we teach students close reading and analysis of elements, like tone. “Fact-checkers,” on the other hand, “get to the truth of an issue in 60 to 90 seconds.” He says fact-checkers read laterally — moving quickly away from the original text, opening up a series of tabs in a browser to judge the credibility of its author and the sources it cites.”(more)

It’s Time to Take Back Personalized Learning

Ed Surge – Phyllis Lockett

“In what no doubt feels like an ironic twist for most teachers, the concept of personalized learning has come under fire. The term has become derided as emblematic of a technological takeover of education—with the potential to sap the humanity from teaching. But teachers know personalized learning is designed to enable the sort of flexibility children deserve, and provide space to adjust the format and structure of lessons to fit each student’s needs.”(more)